Reviews and Quotes

Quotes from “The Dragon Sleeps”

“When I look at you, my love, there is always stardust in my eyes.”

Time meant nothing. She loved him in an instant. She would love him forever.

The spicy sweet fragrance of the large full blooms, which rambled over the side and top of an arched metal framework, welcomed them as they walked beneath them. Shafts of sunlight pierced the canopy, dust motes floating languorously in the golden beams that spotlighted clumps of wayward snowdrops growing in the lawn.

Reviews for “The Dragon Sleeps”

5 Star Review

What a treat! Alexandra is a young woman to be reckoned with, unfolding the mystery of her great-grandfather’s travels and artefacts from the Orient. Ellen Read has a wonderful ability of totally submerging you into the surroundings and era. The evocative 1920s is surberbly sublime at the end of Ellen’s pen The Dragon Sleeps gently entices you in…with a lavish backdrop, gorgeous references to the time a simmering romance with a stunning leading man…then she hits you with murder, intrigue, mystery. A real feast of a read! Absolutely LOVED it.

5 Star Review

A well written, nicely paced, old-fashioned suspense story, reminiscent of Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh, set in the wealthy, upper classes of 1920’s Melbourne.

5 Star Review

‘The Dragon Sleeps’ is a story reminiscent of Agatha Christie. This story is set in Victoria, in 1927 and is a page turner. The writing is excellent and the characters are brought to life. I loved Alexandra Thornton a young woman who wants to be an antiques dealer like her father and grandfather before her.

Here are some comments I have received for The Dragon Sleeps:

“Atmospheric and as good as any Christie”.

“Read perfectly captures the spirit of the age in this tale, transporting us to high society period Melbourne, and the opulent Thornton Estate, in a world of society, art, music and antiques, and of course murder”.

“Refined and elegant, and clearly researched with love and keen attention, we are immersed in a world of parties, dashing and debonair protagonists and a sense of brooding danger, and I loved every minute of it. Definitely up there in my evaluation with any of the ‘classic’ period whodunnits”.

“I recommend this book to Agatha Christie fans and watchers of the tv series like Father Brown, Downton Abbey, and Midsommer Murders”.

“As a huge fan of Agatha Christie and the other masters of crime I went into this book with high expectations and I’m happy to say that those expectations were exceeded!”